Originally projected by Deadline for a $20 Million opening weekend, Jigsaw has cooled to a more modest $16 Million box office return. The results make Jigsaw the lowest performing film in the franchise, just behind Saw VI‘s $14 Million opening. The original James Wan directed Saw (2004) only saw $18 Million in it’s initial weekend, but the film only held a budget of $1.2 Million and would later go on to earn over $100 Million worldwide. And while Jigsaw may be a slightly disappointing release for Lionsgate, the studio is still coming out on top at the theater, pulling double duty with Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Haloween. Scaring up $10 MIllion in it’s second week, the two films have earned a combined $25.3 Million in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots.
Though Jigsaw‘s performance has been less than expected, the film has been given a B CinemaScore, despite a 32% Rotten Tomatoe rating from critics and 82% from audiences, respectively. Our full review of Jigsaw can be found HERE, as well of more thoughts (and a lot laughs) on this week’s episode of the Nightmare on Film Street podcast. For those unfamiliar with the film:
Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade.
Jigsaw is directed by Michael and Peter Spierig, who also have Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built scheduled for release early February 2018. Starring Helen Mirren the film follows Sarah Winchester, real-life heiress and widow to William Winchester of the Winchester Arms Company. She believed the family was cursed and sought to “balance the budget” by constructing a house for all the spirits that followed and tormented her.